Now that we've presented some facts about car accidents, New Jersey residents will likely agree that car crashes are costly in many ways. There's no doubt that damaged vehicles cause inconvenience and expenses one would rather avoid. But a real concern after a serious car wreck is the physical harm a victim experiences. Sometimes, it's no less difficult to deal with the emotions that come along with injury recovery.
Did you know that each year Americans spend more than 1 million days seeking medical care because of vehicle crash injuries? Based on Centers for Disease Control data, more than 2.5 million of people visited an emergency department in 2012 because they were involved in a car accident. About 200,000 were hospitalized. More than 75 percent of costs were paid during the first 18 months after crash injuries happened. The data shows $18 billion in lifetime medical costs relating to accidents that year.
Car and other motor vehicle wrecks happen at any time of year. But in the winter, folks are particularly susceptible to them with snowy roads, black ice, poorer visibility and other factors relating to the cold weather. The New Jersey Department of Transportation records show that there were 12,626 crashes in Burlington County in 2013. That's a lot of accidents. Across the state for that year, 4,267 collisions are attributable to snowy or icy road conditions.
When a family loses a loved one in a car accident, it's a moment in time that changes everything. Initially, there may be one word on their minds: why. Soon more questions begin to swirl around, and it's the answers that will help them recover and move on.
Two New Jersey police officers were killed while performing their duty within the same week this month. The second officer to be killed was the victim of a fatal car accident.
Losing a loved one is tough on families, regardless of the situation. When families receive an out-of-blue phone call letting them know a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, shock joins grief, and it can be hard to move forward with immediate arrangements. In some cases, dependents and others are left not knowing how they may move forward with life, especially when it comes to finances.
It's likely no scenario frightens New Jersey parents more than the sudden loss of a child. When a child is killed in a car accident, families are likely to be in shock over the event. The same holds true for families who lose a loved one of any age. Even if the individual is only injured in an accident, medical bills and requirements can impact the overall function of a family for some time.
New Jersey school bus accidents can be especially difficult to hear about. A recent car accident involving a school bus and another vehicle left four injured, according to police. Two adults and a teen in the school bus were transported to local hospitals, although authorities said their injuries were not critical.
Part of being a responsible driver is making sure that you pay attention to what is going on around your vehicle at all times. One of the big things you must pay attention for is an emergency vehicle.
Drivers often tell themselves stories about why an accident is less likely to happen to them. People tell themselves "I'm a good driver," or "I don't make risky decisions." The truth is that a car accident can happen any time you're on the road, and it may not be under the control of your skills or decision-making.